Marion County author Jerry Engler is scheduled to do a public book signing from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Hillsboro Public Library.
Engler also is known for his work as a writer for the Hillsboro Free Press. He has gained increasing interest among fans and reviewers for his two books, “Just Folks: Earthy Tales of the Prairie Heartland,” and “A Heartland Voice: Just Folks Two.”
Award-winning short story writer and Novelist Jean Pike of Dansville, N.Y., wrote the latest review of Engler’s books this month for Barnes & Noble.
Pike, whose novels include, “The Winds of Autumn,” wrote in the review, “Reading this collection of short stories is like embarking on a wonderful journey, and as with any journey, one never quite knows exactly where the road will lead.
“Enter the world of Jerry Engler, master story-teller; a world where times are simpler, and people are anything but ordinary.
“Glimpse into the lives of Jerry Engler’s ‘people’ and you will chuckle over Hard-Sell Harry, the con man who gets conned into saving a car full of kittens. You will ponder the wisdom of 80-year-old Aunt Edna, and laugh out loud at the capers of Ricky and Roland.
“With his unique blend of charm and humor, and an incredible understanding of human nature, Jerry Engler creates characters who will steal their readers’ hearts. And with a keen eye for detail, he manages to make their settings seem like places you have visited and loved.
“Places you will want to return to again and again. I know I will.”